World War One expert Andy Thompson will give a free illustrated lecture on the outbreak of the Great War, entitled Over By Christmas, at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill on Wednesday, October 8.

The lecture, which is part of the Reigate and Banstead Remembers World War One programme of events, will focus on how, in August 1914, no-one could have foreseen the catastrophe that would unfold, and how the only thought was to get to the front before it was all over.

Although tickets are free, people should book in advance through the box office on 01737 276500.